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Building owner charged in firefighter deaths

TOLEDO, Ohio – An apartment building owner has been charged in the deaths of two northwestern Ohio firefighters killed while battling a blaze this week.

Court documents filed Friday in Toledo said Ray Abou-Arab is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and arson.

The documents said an apartment resident saw the fire break out Sunday just after the building’s owner left a garage on the site.

Toledo firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman died while fighting the blaze near downtown.

Firefighters found both men inside the burning building, carried them out on stretchers and tried unsuccessfully to save them.

A phone message left at a suburban Toledo number for Abou-Arab was not immediately returned.

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